“Memorial Day, an American holiday observed on the last Monday of May, honors men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971.” –History.com
Most Americans commemorate this holiday by opening their pools for the start of the summer swim season, attending parades, and hosting picnics with friends and family. Memorial Day seems to be the un-official start to summer, and my husband and I look forward to it every year.
Being eight months pregnant with our first child seems to complicate the plans a little… no tubing down our favorite creek or camping this year. But, that doesn’t mean we won’t be celebrating!
Kick start your Memorial Day festivities with a festive table scape, fresh at home cooking and star spangled DIY projects.
No matter where you are, or what you do this long holiday weekend, take a few minutes to recognize all those in your life who have served in the military and helped to protect our great country. Happy Memorial Day!
The Architectural Digest Design Show at the Pier in NYC, March 17-20, was bigger and better than ever before with an amazing array of talented artists and designers present in abundance. Here are five favorites to desire and inspire!
“Hide” and Seek: “Avo” creates custom design on leather for a natural textural look combined with contemporary geometrics. www.avoavo.com
The Golden Child: Fine artist Christina Lei Rodriguez creates beautiful photographic installations translated to fabric, art and more….for “EDGE collections”. www.edge-collections.com
The seasons are changing and the green of spring is on everyone’s mind. From bright summer’s shades to misty moors and even ever-present blue tinged springtime mint, whatever your choice, green’s organic beauty is a real force-of-nature for 2016.
Spring Green: Symbol of new beginnings, balance and rebirth, shades of spring green can both relax and stimulate the senses. Nothing says organic like green, so why not join the “green party” this spring? Did you know; green is the most common color in the natural world?
Emerald: The emerald isle and the gem itself are iconic to a hue as saturated and intense as to conjure images of “green-eyed-monsters”. This former color of the year can dominate a space or partner well with similar colors of equal depth. Did you know; in certain cultures green is a sacred color and symbolizes eternal life?
Jade: So closely associated with China that it is synonymous with Asian culture, beautiful gemstone jade comes in a glowing range of shadings. Jade is associated with wisdom, balance, peace, and this year; hot new trends. Did you know; the Chinese consider jade to be crystallized moonlight?
Mint: A green thumb will grow garden-fresh mint, but the new mint movement takes this spring standard pastel to its retro roots for an edgy new look worthy of a second glance. Did you know: menthol is the main ingredient which gives this common herb its flavor and aroma?
We’re giving this organic primary color the “green light” for spring, and we beg to differ; it’s easy being green!